What do all kids around the world have in common? They love to play.
Classroom games are a great way to harness the power of play and use it to enhance your students’ learning experience. Not only are games fun and engaging, they can also:
- Help students focus better
- Present educational material in a new and interactive way
- Give the whole class an opportunity to get to know each other better
Keep reading for 21 fun games to play in class, then build them into your lesson plans for more learning!
When it comes to new math concepts, students usually need lots of practice to master them. Use these math games for kids to make math practice engaging and effective!
1. Prodigy Math
Best for: 1st to 8th grade
Be your students’ math classroom hero with Prodigy Math, an online role-playing game (RPG) that turns math into an adventure.
As students explore the Prodigy world, complete quests and earn rewards, their success depends on answering curriculum-aligned math questions. Prodigy’s adaptive algorithm meets students where they are and tailors questions to their learning needs.
Plus, you can align Prodigy to your classroom lessons! You’ll get tools to help you:
- Assign automatically differentiated content
- Engage your students with a new and fun way to practice math
- Collect insights to inform the teaching strategies you use every day
Sign up for your free teacher account today and start making math class fun.
2. Math baseball
Best for: 3rd to 8th grade
Divide your class into two teams to play math baseball — another activity that gives you full control over the questions students answer. Here’s how:
- One team will stand at the front of the room and start at bat, scoring runs by choosing questions worth one, two or three bases.
- “Pitch” the questions using flash cards, which range in difficulty depending on how many bases they’re worth.
- If the at-bat team answers incorrectly, the defending team can respond correctly to earn an out.
- After three outs, switch sides.
- Play until one team hits 10 runs.
3. 101 and Out
Best for: 2nd to 6th grade
101 and Out is a fun and effective way to end math class! The goal is to score as close to 101 points as possible without going over.
Divide your class in half and give each group a die, piece of paper and a pencil.
Groups take turns rolling the die, using their best strategic thinking skills to either count the number at face value or multiply it by 10. For example, if the first person rolls a six, they can keep that number or turn it into 60.
This game gets competitive quickly, and boosts excitement levels in your math class!
4. Get the Math
Best for: 6th grade and up
Make math come to life with Get the Math, a site that prompts your students to solve challenges related to math in different careers and real-world situations.
The website contains videos with young professionals in fields like fashion design or video game development, explaining how they use math every day. You can assign challenges to your class after watching, some of which involve playing fun games.
For example, one of the activities challenges students to use different materials and measurements to design a shirt for less than $35.
5. Fraction War
Best for: 2nd to 6th grade
Always a classic, the card game War can help students practice basic math skills in a more engaging way than traditional worksheets.
This version teaches students the basics of fractions. Each student is dealt two cards, one numerator and one denominator. Once they calculate which fraction is larger, the person with the larger fraction wins and gets all four cards! Keep playing until all the cards are gone.
Not teaching fractions? No problem! Use War to give students practice multiplying or dividing with two cards, or challenge students to practice place value and build a number bigger than their opponents’.
English and spelling review games
Make english class F-U-N with these games that boost reading and writing skills. Use them to practice the week’s vocabulary words or give ESL students more practice.
Best for: 2nd to 6th grade
Can your students solve the puzzle before the hangman is complete? Use this classic game to introduce new sight words to the class or review vocabulary.
Divide students into small groups with pads of paper, or stand up at the front and play as a class. Think of a word and put down one blank space for each letter. Have students guess letters, and write them in the blank spaces if they’re correct. If they’re incorrect, add another part to your stick figure.
You can also replace the hangman with a snowman for more festive (and kid-friendly) fun.
The game ends when students have either guessed the correct word or the hangman is complete!
Best for: 3rd grade and up
A portable take on Scrabble, Bananagrams is a fun way for kids to practice their word-building skills.
Using a set of tiles with letters on them, students have to create interconnected words and use up all their tiles. The group that finishes first with correctly spelled words is the winner!
Challenge students to play one on one or in groups to practice teamwork and cooperation.
You can purchase official Bananagrams tiles online, but you can also find printables to make your own or use Scrabble tiles.
Best for: 3rd grade and up
Another classic game, Pictionary, helps students attach meaning to words that might be unfamiliar to them.Plus, they’ll get to flex their art skills!
Divide students into two teams or groups, then give each student a pad of paper or a whiteboard with a marker. Have one student stand at the front of the room and draw a word you show them. While they draw, the team has to guess the word. If they guess correctly, their team gets a point!
4. Spelling bee
Best for: 2nd grade and up
Inspire a little competition with a classwide spelling bee. Using your list of vocabulary words, give the first person an opportunity to spell the word. If they need it, give them the definition or use it in a sentence.
If the student is correct, they get to stay standing and move on to the next round. If they’re wrong, they sit down and the next person gets a chance to spell. The student left standing at the end is the winner.
5. Beach ball analysis
Best for: 4th to 8th grade
Keep students engaged and active during reading comprehension lessons with a summer-inspired activity.
Get a beach ball with colorful stripes and write a question on each section about the story’s:
As students catch the ball, they have to answer the question their fingers land on. Once they’re done, they can throw it to the next student!
Best for: 1st grade and up
Whether you’re working with ESL students or reviewing vocabulary ahead of a quiz, charades can help students connect meaning to new words.
As a class or in small groups, divide into two teams. Invite the first student up to the front of the room. Give them a word or phrase they can act out in front of their team without speaking. If the team guesses correctly in the allotted time, they get a point! Once the first team’s time is up, the second team can go.
Repeat for as many rounds as you’d like. The team with the most points at the end is the winner!
Do your students have ants in their pants and fingers that won’t stop fidgeting? These active games are great for getting out extra energy, taking brain breaks or even indoor recess activities.
1. Scavenger hunt
Best for: All ages
Send intrepid explorers on a mission to find hidden treasures! For an interactive learning experience, create a scavenger hunt that challenges students to find or collect:
- Items or facts during a class field trip
- Objects with different shapes around their house
- Different leaves and animals in their neighborhood
- Things hidden around the classroom linked to a vocabulary or language lesson
Whether it’s educational or just for fun, scavenger hunts are a fun way for the whole class to engage with the world around them.
2. Freeze dance
Best for: Kindergarten to 3rd grade
Sometimes you just need to dance it out. For a quick brain break, put on some fun music and encourage your students to stand up and dance away — the sillier the better.
When the music pauses, they have to freeze in place. Any student who unfreezes before the music starts again is out!
Best for: Kindergarten to 5th grade
GoNoodle is a tried-and-true favorite of many teachers. Colorful videos and engaging activities promote social emotional skills, active living and academic success!
Whether you need activities for indoor recess or just fun ways for students to get moving more, GoNoodle worked with child development experts to create content that’s engaging and appropriate for young eyes and ears. Students can also complete activities at home to stay mindful and focused, even when they’re not at school.
Teachers can sign up for a free account, or upgrade to a GoNoodle Plus account starting at $10 USD/month.
Best for: All ages
Not only does yoga help students stretch out the wiggles in their body, it can also help cultivate mindfulness!
Lead your class through some easy stretches as a fun mid-day break or to get them energized first thing in the morning. Whether it’s downward dog or just stretching towards the sky, they’ll benefit physically and emotionally.
5. Minute to Win It
Best for: 4th grade and up
Based on the game show, Minute to Win It games challenge the whole class to complete simple (or not-so-simple) tasks in under a minute. These interactive games help promote a little healthy competition in your classroom and provide hours of fun.
Some challenges include:
- Speed stacking paper cups
- Rolling a coin between the tongs of a fork
- Building a tower out of spaghetti and string
- Getting an Oreo from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands
Set up a couple different stations and divide the class into small groups. Rotate groups through each activity so the whole class gets a chance to participate.
Want to inspire some classroom unity and get students to work as a team? These games encourage students to put their heads together and solve problems.
1. Icebreaker games
Best for: 5th grade and up
If you have a new class or a group of students who need to get to know each other, icebreaker activities can help:
- Boost morale and motivation
- Get students working together
- Build a rapport between students
Short and easy, icebreaker games are a fun way for students to introduce themselves. Ideas include:
- Get students to line up by height, birthday, shirt color or any other characteristic
- Play bingo, where each square represents a characteristic and students have to interact and learn more about each other to fill out squares
- Start off the class with a short sentence. The next person has to add to the story without repeating information or getting stuck, so see how long you can keep it going!
Best for: 6th grade and up
Turn your classroom into the set of a gameshow and bring out your best host impression! Divide the class into two teams and challenge each to answer questions and earn points.
Whether you’re reviewing concepts from class or just testing their trivia knowledge, Jeopardy! encourages teams to work together to answer questions. Plus, there are lots of free templates to help you build your game quickly.
3. Human knot
Best for: 3rd to 8th grade
This is a simple game, but great for teaching students the importance of communication and working together.
Have students stand in a close circle with their arms out in front of them. Each student must randomly grab someone else’s hand (but never the same person twice). The goal is to organize themselves into a perfect circle without letting go. For an extra challenge, time your students to see how long it takes them to untangle their knot!
If you’re following COVID-related safety protocols in your classroom, use long strings or skipping ropes to make sure everyone can safely social distance.
4. Hula hoop chain
Best for: 2nd to 6th grade
This game also promotes coordination and teamwork! Students stand in a circle and join hands with the person next to them.
Before the circle is closed, place a hula hoop around one student’s arm. The objective of the game is to communicate with team members and pass the hula hoop around the circle without letting go.
Have students close their eyes or blindfold them for more difficulty, or divide the class into two teams and race.
5. Hands-free cup stacking
Best for: 5th grade and up
For this activity, you’ll need:
- 6 paper cups
- A rubber band
- 6 equal pieces of string
Tie the strings around the rubber band and divide your class up into small groups of six (or whichever number words best). Each student holds one string and has to help their team stack the cups into a pyramid by using the rubber bands to grab the cups.
Remember — no hands allowed, so students will have to communicate and work together to complete the task.
Classroom games enhance teacher and student experiences
Every classroom is different, so keep trying new classroom activities and customize them to what your students need.
Whether you want to engage your students during a lesson, occupy them during an indoor recess or build teamwork skills, classroom games can help you keep activities educational and fun. That sounds like a win-win to us!
Prodigy Math and Prodigy English help teachers engage students through the power of digital game-based learning. Success in Prodigy requires students to correctly answer curriculum-aligned questions adapted to their learning needs, and gives teachers more ways to make math class fun! Sign up for your free teacher account today to get started.
Dress up in some of your nicer clothes, and wear glasses if you can to pretend to be the teacher. Pull up your pants too high and comb your hair really well. Walk like an old person. If your mom has a funny old dress that she wouldn't mind you playing with, that could be perfect for a teacher costume.What are some fun but educational games? ›
- Charades. ...
- Hangman. ...
- Scatter-gories. ...
- Bingo. ...
- Puzzles. ...
- Draw swords. ...
- Hot potato. ...
- Break up Your Lessons. Many lessons involve lectures, especially when you're introducing a new topic. ...
- Give Your Students Choices. ...
- Incorporate Games. ...
- Create Group Time. ...
- Get up and Move. ...
- Incorporate Hands-On Learning. ...
- Be Open to Creativity. ...
- Schedule Field Trips.
Dress up in some of your nicer clothes, and wear glasses if you can to pretend to be the teacher. Pull up your pants too high and comb your hair really well. Walk like an old person. If your mom has a funny old dress that she wouldn't mind you playing with, that could be perfect for a teacher costume.What is the find someone who classroom game? ›
You can use a bingo-card format or checklist. Announce that the class is going to do a brief interview activity in which students will ask each other questions. The goal is to ask everyone in class until students ﬁnd someone who does that activity, has that characteristic, or can answer the question.What is interactive classroom activities? ›
Interactive classroom activities are activities that forgo one-way communication, or individual learning in favor of getting students involved and engaged with the lessons or material.How do I make my class more exciting? ›
- Revel in the Mysterious. ...
- Lesson Flipping Can Be Very Effective. ...
- Reviewing Is Important but Avoid Repetition. ...
- Learn Together. ...
- Make the Lessons Exciting. ...
- Make Use of Technology.
- Think, pair and share. Set a problem or a question around a certain topic, and pair up your students. ...
- Brainstorming. ...
- Buzz session. ...
- Exit slips. ...
- Misconception check. ...
- Circle the questions. ...
- Ask the winner. ...
- Discover new things together. ...
- Incorporate mystery into your lessons. ...
- Be goofy; show you care. ...
- Participate in projects. ...
- Avoid “going through the motions.” ...
- Flip your lessons. ...
- Review–but don't repeat–material. ...
- Share your passions.
Younger children can simply crouch on the floor tucking in their head and feet. The second player runs up to the crouched child in front, placing their hands on their back and leaping over like a frog flying through the air, straddling their legs wide apart on each side.
Beat the Teacher is a British children's game show that aired on BBC1 from 24 September 1984 to 27 October 1988. It was first hosted by Howard Stableford in 1984, then hosted by Paul Jones from 1985 to 1986 and finally Bruno Brookes from 1987 to 1988.How do you play the I Spy game in the classroom? ›
The player who starts picks an object that everyone can see. The player gives the first letter of the object as a clue. For example, if the player chooses a fence, they say, 'I spy with my little eye something beginning with F'. Players take turns to call out guesses until someone gets the right answer.What is the Gone Missing classroom game? ›
Alternatively, the person who is supposed to guess leaves the room while another child hides. Once everyone else is in a seat, the leader or teacher will say, "Turn around (or come back in) and see who's missing." The child will then try to figure out who's missing. Rules may vary on how many guesses the child gets.What is the owl finding game? ›
Using its hearing skills, the “owl” has to identify where a mouse is and point towards it. The owl has to pay close attention to distinguish the sounds produced by the pebbles or small objects from the shoes or movements of the mice. When a “mouse” is pointed at by the “owl” the mouse must leave the circle.What is 20 or 21 questions? ›
The 21 questions game differs from the classic 20 questions game, which focuses on asking questions to guess an object. In contrast, the 20 questions game is about asking questions to get to know each other better.What is 20 objects game? ›
The basic premise is that one person chooses something (really anything) and gives the category it belongs to (such as person, place or thing). Then, the other player is allowed to ask up to 20 yes/no questions to try to determine what it is.What are some creative classroom activities? ›
- Assumption Busting. ...
- Brain-sketching. ...
- Brainstorming. ...
- Concept Mapping. ...
- Exaggeration. ...
- Fishbone. ...
- Laddering. ...
- Negative (or Reverse) Brainstorming.
- ENGAGE. In the first phase of the learning cycle, the teacher works to gain an understanding of the students' prior knowledge and identify any knowledge gaps. ...
- EXPLORE. ...
- EXPLAIN. ...
- ELABORATE. ...
- Entry/Exit Tickets. ...
- Free Writing/Minute Paper/Question of the Day Exercise. ...
- Ice Breakers. ...
- Think–Pair–Share. ...
- Case Studies and Problem-Based Learning. ...
- Debate. ...
- Interview or Role Play. ...
- Interactive Demonstrations.
- Think about what you want your students to most learn. ...
- Don't be afraid to joke. ...
- Use technology, but don't overdo it. ...
- Disasters happen. ...
- Time is on your side, or at least it can be if you learn how to manage it. ...
- What happens outside the class is as important as what happens in the class.
Incorporate mystery into your lessons – Learning is the most fun when it's surprising. Don't just tell them information; cloak it in to mystery. Be crazy, but show you care – Let loose; laugh; make fun of yourself. Don't worry about sacrificing your authority.How do you attract more students to your class? ›
- Perform Market Research. ...
- Create Buyer Personas to Represent Your Audience. ...
- Provide Relevant and Practical Course Material. ...
- Engage with Your Audience on Social Media. ...
- Create a Compelling Lead Magnet. ...
- Offer Exclusive Rewards. ...
- Share Student Testimonials and Highlight Their Achievements.
- Sleep Well. Your sleep is inherently tied to your ability to focus. ...
- Read Material. ...
- Create Questions In Advance. ...
- Prepare Yourself For A Mentally-Draining Class. ...
- Sit Up Front. ...
- If You Are On Your Laptop, Don't Check Social Media. ...
- Enjoy A Cold Beverage During Class. ...
- Sit With An Enthusiastic Classmate.
- Brief lectures.
- Word games.
- Reading aloud (especially if they're doing the reading)
- Group projects.
- 1 Listen actively and take notes.
- 2 Interact in class and ask questions.
- 3 Illustrate your notes.
- 4 Complete your homework for another class.
- 5 Organize and create a to-do list.
- 6 Doodle in the margins of your notebook.
- 7 Read something interesting.
- 8 Engage in some creative writing.
- Vocabulary Pictionary.
- Reading Bingo. Looking to push students to experiment with new titles in your independent reading library? ...
- Discussion Question Contest. ...
- Board Game Versions. ...
- Creative Writing Madlibs. ...
- Beach Ball Discussions. ...
- Escape Rooms. ...
- The Video Game Exam.
- Add an Activity to Spur Creativity.
- Short Breaks for Healthy Snacks.
- Motivate Students to Cultivate Positive Habits.
- Vary the Routines.
A teacher is responsible for preparing lesson plans and educating students at all levels. Their duties include assigning homework, grading tests, and documenting progress. Teachers must be able to instruct in a variety of subjects and reach students with engaging lesson plans. Completely free trial, no card required.What are the main activities for teachers? ›
- Planning and preparing lessons. ...
- Encouraging student participation. ...
- Researching and developing new teaching materials. ...
- Research and implementing new teaching methods. ...
- Marking student work and recording performance. ...
- Setting assessments and overseeing examinations.
A learning and teaching activity enables students to engage with a facilitator to learn the knowledge or skills required to achieve the desired educational outcome. A list of the learning and teaching activities that are currently available in the Timetabling system.
the participant who is the killer frog sticks his or her tongue out at random people around the circle, trying not to be noticed by the detective. When the frog sticks its tongue out at someone, that person must lay down as if dead. the detective gets three tries to guess the killer frog's identity.How do you play Poison frog? ›
The poison dart frog's job is to “kill” everyone else in the circle. They do this by putting their palms together and pointing toward a person. This person will now (dramatically) act as if they died. The detective wins if they correctly identify the poison dart frog within three or fewer guesses.How do you play trashball in the classroom? ›
- Divide the group into two teams, and place a trash can at each end of the playing field, and then go to your side of the field.
- Then decide who gets the ball first.
- You can not run with the ball. ...
- To score you must get the ball in your basket, or trash can.
- You win by making the most baskets.
Students raise their hands and take turns asking the teacher questions derived from the selected reading. Students can keep their books out and continue to use them throughout the activity but the teacher cannot use the book or any other support tools.Why did the TikTok teacher get fired? ›
Following the protest, Deloretto-Chudy went on TikTok to share her concerns, which caused her to be put on administrative leave. She was later fired because the video violated the social media policy in place with Austin ISD.Who is the imposter classroom game? ›
Among Us is an online game that requires players to figure out who is an imposter amongst a group of players. Some players (known as crewmates) must complete tasks while playing, while the assigned imposter's main task is to kill all other players. Players must look for clues to figure out who the imposter is.What is a teaching game in go? ›
A teaching game is a game in which the stronger player teaches the weaker player. Usually their relationship is one of teacher (sensei) and pupil (deshi). The game can be played with full, reduced, or no handicap. The pupil may or may not retake his move.What's the missing word game? ›
Choose nursery rhymes or songs that they know very well. While you are doing something together, start reciting the rhyme but pretend you don't know what word comes next or put in a wrong word here and there. Have a laugh and encourage your little one to correct you or fill in the missing word.Is owl a boy or girl? ›
Owl Origin and Meaning
The name Owl is both a boy's name and a girl's name .
As of 2023, the puzzle contained within the book remains officially unsolved, making it the second longest-running contest in the armchair treasure hunt genre. Hauser died in 2009.
- ABCMouse. Offering a full curriculum for children ages 2 to 8, this site includes fun and interactive games, songs, and puzzles for reading, math, science, and art. ...
- Adventure Academy. ...
- Buzzmath. ...
- Creativity Express Online! ...
- Duck Duck Moose Reading. ...
- FunBrain. ...
- Gamestar Mechanic. ...
Educational games are those intentionally designed for the purpose of education, or those entertainment games that have incidental or educational values. Educational games are designed to help people understand concepts, learn domain knowledge, and develop problem solving skills as they play games.What games are similar to Prodigy? › What is interactive educational games? ›
Interactive games for students are fun activities and games in which students participate in groups. These games also offer a fun and hands-on learning experience. Examples include Charades, Four Corners, and Pictionary.What is an example of game-based learning? ›
What are examples of game-based learning? Examples of game-based learning include card games, board games, and video games. As another example, a teacher may create a game that is like Wheel of Fortune to help students with spelling and vocabulary.Why are games important in the classroom? ›
Studies show that playing games in the classroom can increase overall motivation. Students become more motivated to learn, pay attention, and participate in-class activities. They can also be a great classroom management tool, helping to motivate a class.What are the 4 types of games in physical education? ›
The 4 types of games in PE are invasion games, net/wall games, striking and fielding games, and target games.What is an instructional game? ›
Instructional Games. What Is Instructional Games: They are software designed to increase motivation to learning by adding game rules and /or competition to learning activities. They are also a Learning tool used during teaching and learning.How do you make a simple game fun? ›
- Pick a Genre and Run with It.
- Pick a Niche and Make a Hit.
- Observe the World to Get Game Ideas.
- Ask People What Games They Like.
- Ask People What Games They Wouldn't Play.
- Ideaphoria aka 'Game Idea Vomit'
- Use Books for Game Ideas.
- TVs, Movies, All Things Screens.
- Brainstorm For Ideas. Brainstorming is a common method used to come up with not just game ideas, but ideas as a whole. ...
- Try to Find Something New In a Familiar Genre. ...
- Combine Elements from Two Wildly Different Games. ...
- Use the Real-World for Inspiration. ...
- Don't Try. ...
Prodigy English is a fantasy game that reviews English language and reading comprehension based on first through fifth grade Common Core ELA standards. Students explore a virtual village where their avatar gathers supplies, builds things, and buys and sells in virtual marketplaces.What is prodigy game for school? ›
Prodigy harnesses the power of game-based learning
Millions of students use Prodigy to practice curriculum-aligned math skills — all while playing a game they love. We've also built tools for educators and parents to support their students' learning journeys and motivate them.